Posted on Jul 03, 2013
Safer Summer Skin and Professional in home Care for Seniors and Elderly
Safer Summer Skin and Professional in home Care for Seniors and Elderly from Senior Helpers of Charlotte, Matthews, Pineville, Monroe, and Indian Trail, North Carolina. Call 704-708-5891 today! Senior Helpers of Charlotte provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more.
The summer sun is shining bright, and the outdoor activities are blooming. Summer is the perfect time to soak up the sun, but you have to be careful when it comes to your skin. Your aging loved one’s skin is especially sensitive to the sun’s rays, so it is vital to make sure they are well protected while outdoors.
Summer is a great time for travel and exploring the area around where we live. It is important to remember that there are many precautions that you should take when traveling with your elderly loved one. You and your aging loved one may not realize that some medications have adverse reactions to too much sunlight. Certain medicines make an elderly person’s already delicate skin more sensitive and may cause them to burn more easily. If you are planning to spend extended periods of time outside in the summer sun, be sure to consult your loved one’s doctor and read the label on the prescription bottles.
It is important to avoid sunburn on your elderly loved one as much as possible. You will also want to prevent overheating in the hot summer weather. It can be very helpful to encourage your senior loved one to wear light and loose clothing. Not only will this help their skin to breathe, it will help to cover and protect their skin from the strong UV rays. If the clothing is light in material and color, covers their arms and legs, they will be able to avoid the uncomfortable consequences of too much sun. Remind them to wear a sun hat or baseball cap and some sunglasses for extra protection.
It is widely understood that we all need some Vitamin D from the sun to a certain extent. While some sunshine is good for the spirit, too much sun can cause problems for an elderly person’s skin. Whenever possible seek shade to offer protection from the strong rays and to find a way to cool off and prevent overheating.
The last, but certainly not the least important tip for safer summer skin for your elderly loved one is to remember to wear sunscreen. It may seem like such an easy step to prevent skin cancer and other ailments tied to sunburn, but it is often forgotten. When traveling with an aging loved one, it may be a good idea to always have sunscreen with and SPF 30 or higher on hand. It’s a quick step that could save your loved one from damaged skin and discomfort.
The hot summer sun has finally come out to play. It’s time to enjoy this weather but remember to play it safe. Your aging loved one can protect themselves by taking the above steps to prevent sunburn, sunstroke and keep cool this summer.
Senior Helpers of Charlotte proudly serves all areas of Charlotte, Matthews, Pineville, Monroe, and Indian Trail, North Carolina. Call 704-708-5891 to learn more about the in home senior care services available to your aging loved one. Have a safe and Happy Independence Day!